SoftBank & Bloom Energy Form Joint Venture to Provide Clean, Reliable, and
Affordable Energy to Japan
Bloom Energy Servers to provide continuous, reliable onsite electricity at
predictable prices to office buildings, hospitals, data centers, government
agencies and other large commercial enterprises
TOKYO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 17, 2013
TOKYO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SoftBank Group and
Bloom Energy Corp. today announced the establishment of a 50/50 Joint Venture
that intends to address Japan's urgent need for clean, reliable, and
affordable electricity. The new company, Bloom Energy Japan Limited, will
deploy Bloom Energy's unique, rapidly deployable Energy Servers to customers
seeking to take control of their energy destiny while contributing to Japan's
energy security, sustainability, and also to its economy.
The damage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the incident at the
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the subsequent closure of nuclear
power plants have created a significant electrical power deficit in Japan.
Subsequent energy imports have greatly expanded Japan's trade deficit while
consumer electricity prices have recently risen by double digits.
Bloom Energy Japan was created to provide a reliable electricity alternative
that is at once safe, clean, affordable, and compact, and provides electricity
24/7. With the establishment of this Joint Venture, SoftBank will add
distributed baseload power from Bloom Energy and further encourages the
domestic use of clean energy complementing its existing portfolio of renewable
energy sources such as solar and wind.
"I am delighted that we are establishing this Joint Venture with Bloom Energy,
an innovation leader in energy. By providing Bloom Energy's breakthrough
technology through this new Joint Venture, SoftBank will further empower the
adoption of innovative, clean energy," said Masayoshi Son, Representative and
CEO of SoftBank.
"Empowering customers in Japan to buy electricity on their terms is another
significant step on our journey to change the way energy is generated and
consumed in the world," said Dr. KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder and CEO of
Bloom Energy has been generating power for customers in the United States,
including Walmart, AT&T, Google, eBay, The Coca Cola Company, and many others,
and has generated over 700,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity over the last
5 years. By using the Bloom Energy Server, these companies can efficiently
generate their own electricity on site, reduce their carbon and water
footprint while lowering energy costs and mitigating power outage risks. The
Bloom Energy Server has the ability to run on natural gas and biogas, provides
unmatched efficiency in converting fuel to electricity and is easily deployed
and maintained.Bloom's flexible, modular technology can be tailored in size
to each customer's need.
SoftBank is a leading Internet company that aims to provide a range of
services including mobile communications, broadband infrastructure, fixed-line
telecommunications, Internet culture and others. SoftBank also encourages the
use of clean energy. In October 2011, SoftBank Corp. established SB Energy
Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary which produces electricity from renewable
energy sources with a view to encouraging the use and promotion of renewable
energy across the nation.
For more information, please refer to http://www.softbank.co.jp/en/
About Bloom Energy:
The company was founded in 2001 with a mission to make clean, reliable energy
affordable for everyone in the world. Bloom Energy Servers are currently
producing power for many Fortune 500 companies including Google, Walmart,
AT&T, eBay, Staples, The Coca-Cola Company, as well as notable non-profit
organizations such as Caltech and Kaiser Permanente. The company is
headquartered in the United States at Sunnyvale, California. For more
information, visit www.bloomenergy.com
•SoftBank, the SoftBank name and logo are registered trademarks or trademarks
of SoftBank Corp. in Japan and other countries.
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Contact: SoftBank Corp. Press Office, Tel?+81-03-6889-2300, Bloom Energy,
Alanna Gino, Tel?408-543-1742 Email: Alanna.email@example.com
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